Secret proposal photos

I first photographed Chob + Geneveve a couple years ago in Wisconsin during a car race weekend.  Fast forward 2 years and I caught wind that Chob was coming to California with his beloved girlfriend Geneveve for a “Disneyland vacation” where he’d propose to her.  The proposal was set to happen sometime during his vacation.  Instead of proposing in a very public and crowded place as Disneyland is, Chob ended up planning a “vacation couples photo session in a pretty place” , where we would photograph his secret proposal!

Chob+Gen got off the plane and went straight to my studio for make-up with Sachiko Studio stylist Juliet.  We then ventured off in a hurry to catch the beautiful California sunset.  It was a hot hot day, but that isn’t what Gen thinks about when she looks back on this day.  From me almost forgetting my queue to Chob accidentally kicking the ring box just before he proposed, there were no dull moments.  The proposal went off without any real hitches, because it was all meant to be that day.  The stars aligned, the weather cooled off towards sunset and Gen said “Yes!!”

Gen walked away from the shoot with a new diamond on her finger and plenty of photos to show…see her say Yes here.  And we’re proud to mention there are no re-posed photos of this proposal, all photos are the candid proposal!


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Congratulations to Gen & Chob!!!  If you’re thinking about proposing and you’d like us to capture that, contact us today so we can help you start planning today!

Arboretum Styled Cake Smash: Baby Heather

In the pages of magazines and catchy blogs I see styled shoots, where they create a fancy, but make-believe event to photograph.  They seem “too” perfect and too good to be true.  In baby Heather’s case, her mom Sherry took it upon herself to style her daughter’s real life 1st birthday celebration and proved that even a real life 1st birthday celebration can be styled, perfectly, by “just” her mom. Continue reading →

Beach + Willows Engagement: Aska + Justin

I receive wedding inquiries all the time and sometimes I feel like I’m sitting at the auction block chanting out prices.  Its not everyday I receive an inquiry from a bride & groom who takes the time to get to know their potential photographer & their photographer’s work ethic in addition to their packages.  When Aska & Justin contacted me, they did just that and my heart was instantly warmed.

Meeting Aska + Justin in person for the first time at our engagement session was like hanging out with old friends, which equated to them being super comfortable on camera with us.  The minute we began the session, Aska + Justin were able to focus on each other and enjoy their session on the beach and in the willows of Santa Fe Dam.

We teased and said they brought the NorCal weather to SoCal with them, but all jokes aside, the rain gods smiled on us and held in the rain just long enough for us to finish the session!

Sharing & documenting one of the most memorable days of your life is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly on either end and I’m so happy & honored to be photographing Aska + Justin’s wedding come September.  Congratulations lovebirds.
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